Jewish Learning

 

A Sukkah Without Walls

The harvest festival of Sukkot begins on Sunday evening, September 23rd. In addition to celebrating the harvest and connecting us to our agrarian roots, Sukkot is a time to dwell outdoors in temporary “booths,” impermanent [...]
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3 Lessons from Shabbat on the Farm

1. Start with great seasonal ingredients, and build a menu from there. For this Shabbat on the Farm meal, we asked the farmers what they had ready to harvest, what they had lots of, and [...]
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Hand Washing Blessing (Netilat Yadayim) Audio

If you’re up for it, there is an opportunity between the rituals of sanctification (wine blessing - Kiddush) and nourishment (challah blessing - Motzi), to invite your guests to get up. The practice of hand [...]
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Wine Blessing (Kiddush) Audio

Pretty much all Jewish ceremonies and celebrations involve wine, and Shabbat dinner is no exception. But ritual doesn’t exist for the sake of itself, it exists to accomplish something, almost like an ancient form of [...]
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Blessing Over Bread (Motzi) Audio

In the ancient near east, if there wasn’t bread on the table it wasn’t a meal, and as a result the Jewish sages viewed bread as the primary source of nourishment, both literally and spiritually. [...]
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